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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Purview \Pur"view\, n. [OF. purveu, pourveu, F. pourvu, provided, p. p. of OF. porveoir, F. pourvoir. See Purvey, View, and cf. Proviso.] 1. (a) (Law) The body of a statute, or that part which begins with " Be it enacted, " as distinguished from the preamble. --Cowell. (b) Hence: The limit or scope of a statute; the whole extent of its intention or provisions. --Marshall. [1913 Webster] Profanations within the purview of several statutes. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. Limit or sphere of authority; scope; extent. [1913 Webster] In determining the extent of information required in the exercise of a particular authority, recourse must be had to the objects within the purview of that authority. --Madison. [1913 Webster]